the things i ponder when incredibly sleep deprived:
i had a conversation with shawn (later continuing it with kirtan for a while) this morning that was quite odd.
you know, as you approach the speed of light, time slows down. if you had an analog and a digital clock would the displayed time be effected? and would they be effected in the same way? would one slow down more than the other?
and if you were there, would you percieve the time slowing down, or would it not seem to change?
(edit: read comments if you want to watch boys throwing their geek cocks around)
this is actually a very interesting question. the speed of light is about 3x10^8 m/s or 300,000,000 m/s or 180mi/s, whichever is easiest for you to picture. the only thing that can reach this speed would be light in a vacuum (there have recently been studies done where they have been able to surpass speed of light though) and with this speed, a beam of light would be able to circle the earth about seven times in one second.
now whether or not this would have any effect on something mechanical we dont really *know*... but i would guess that it wouldnt. the reason i would say that it wouldnt is because, well i guess i dont know. the only thing i can equate it to is going around the world in the space shuttle, you definitely are traveling at very considerable speeds that may be a fraction of the speed of light and i dont see how the speed of the object would effect a toaster... you know? either way... the toaster wont pop until the bread is done... the fact that the toaster is in the space shuttle (assuming that would even be possible of course) doesnt mean that time is going to increase to the point where the toaster would brown in less time.
that is my everyday person thought, but from a physics standpoint i realize that there is such a thing as time dilation... and though the effects of time dilation are somewhat minimal for speeds up to a half of the speed of light (c), after the 1/2c the time for the clock to complete one tick (1s) begins to increase slightly and then the time for the clock to tick once shoots up once you near the speed of light, at around 0.8c.
so i guess all that being said... its up to you on how to look at it... i'm more inclined to take the time dilation and let my imagination run with it... but again, the only thing we can get to go the true speed of light in a vacuum *at this point* is light... and until we can figure out a way to find out for sure, its all up for speculation i guess.
even the speed of light itself is kind of a touchy thing because its such a large number that many people, including some of the great minds like romer, fizeau, maxwell, etc... have come very close to determining the speed but its just such an enormous thing and from an earthly standpoint... its just really hard to imagine... you know what i mean?
i dont know if that made sense... i do ramble... i know this... i am going to post this on my journal as well, its an interesting question...